What is Let's Grow?
A distinctively Christian training resource addressing nutrition and food security, designed to:
Who is the resource for?
Let's Grow! is aimed at groups of 15-30 individuals, families and church and community leaders. It is also strongly encouraged to allow the participation of children and of people with disabilities. Ideally, those trained will go on to share their learning with others so that whole communities have access to it. The training is specifically aimed at communities in rural, resource-poor areas of Sub-Saharan Africa, but could be adapted to suit other contexts. Available in English and French.
The resource contains an introduction and 17 modules, as listed in the Facilitator's Guide. It is recommended that the introduction and first two modules are taught first, then other modules can be chosen to best fit local needs and the time of year.
Let's Grow! is a Christian resource, equipping churches to address hunger, food insecurity and poor nutrition in low-resource communities. This facilitator's guide introduces the Let's Grow! material and helps a facilitator to prepare to use it with their church or community group.
Let's Grow! consists of an introduction and 17 optional training modules. This document is an outline of all of the Let's Grow! training modules, with an aim and a list of sections for each.
These forms are for the group facilitator to complete, once the Let's Grow! training is finished. The information you give will help us to refine the resource material.
The purpose of this session is to provide an introduction to the Let’s Grow! training sessions.
The aim of this session is to help community members to grow in their understanding of what malnutrition is, the signs of malnutrition and its impact, and why good nutrition is important.
The aim of this session is to help community members to grow in their understanding of what is a healthy and balanced diet. This will enable them and their children to grow stronger and healthier.
The aim of this session is to help community members to have a much broader understanding about locally available plants which are good to eat.
The aim of this session is to encourage community members to consider growing a broader range of vegetables to help improve the health of their children.
The aim of this session is to teach participants how to create a door–size garden in their homesteads in which they can grow lots of vegetables, even in a small space.
The aim of this session is to teach participants how churches and community members can get involved in creating community gardens for and with vulnerable children and the elderly.
The aim of this session is to teach community members how to make plant fertiliser (compost) using available resources, without damaging the environment.
The aim of this session is to help people understand the important conservation farming principle of using mulch.
The aim of this session is to help people understand the importance of caring for the land, and to learn practical ways to do this.
The aim of this session is to teach participants how to plant maize using some of the basic principles and methods of conservation farming.
The aim of this session is to help participants to safely control the problem of pests affecting their plants.
The aim of this session is to help participants to realise how much we as humans depend on trees, and to promote the planting and care of trees.
The aim of this session is to encourage people who do not have land to grow food in whatever space they have available,
The aim of this session is to encourage people to eat healthy food with the resources that they have available.
The aim of this session is to encourage participants to share their experience and knowledge of drying and storing crops for future use.
The aim of this session is to explore the possibility of keeping livestock as a group or individuals, to provide a source of food which is high in protein.
The aim of this final session is to encourage participants to consider alternative ways of cooking that use less fuel and help to conserve the environment.